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Volume I-IV, combined 781 pages, 128 instruments

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A collection of instruments crafted by the fascinating masters of the last four centuries in Italy and France are photographed in such high quality as has never been published before. One hundred twenty-eight well-certified instruments have been meticulously and expertly photographed by one of the world’s best photographers. The books contain the fascinating history of every featured master, thoroughly researched and carefully written, alongside comprehensive essays by distinguished experts such as Bruce Carlson (Cremona), J.F. Schmitt † (Lyon), Igor Moroder (Turin) and last but not least Florian Leonhard (London). Limited to 2000 hard-back linen effect copies and 100 leather-bound copies of each volume, individually numbered and registered, the books—published by Jost Thoene Verlag—are certain to increase in value and become collector’s items.
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Jost Thöne Verlag

As the books measure 300 mm by 460 mm, every detail of the beautiful instruments (violins and violas) is reproduced in life size. The printing technique chosen for the reproductions makes use of a special varnishing to preserve and enhance the beauty of the instruments. Each of the four volumes offers a cross-section view of the violin-making history of these two important schools and allows detailed comparison studies with the help of measurements and CT scans.

The collection is divided into four volumes containing 128 instruments on 781 pages. We have been allowed privileged access to some of the finest examples instruments of these outstanding Italian and French masters, who are listed by name in each book and also as a summary by alphabetical order for all four volumes. This makes it easy to use the work as a reference book.

Jost Thöne Verlag

Jost Thöne Verlag

Since 1998, when he established the publishing house "Jost Thöne Verlag", Thöne has published a dozen large books about the Italian and French violin makers of the last four centuries. These reference works feature more than 120 of these important violin makers along with their instruments and biographies.

The latest of these works was "Antonio Stradivari", published in 2010; it became "the state of the art" in violin documentation, showing in four volumes 300 violins, violas and cellos of the icon Antonio Stradivari in life size. This documentation gained international recognition.

Some of the books have been translated into four other languages besides English and are already being sold worldwide, for example by international auction houses such as Sotheby’s, Christies or Tarisio in London and New York.
Jost Thöne founded the Violin Expo Cologne in 2006, creating a globally unique stage to present international contemporary violin making in the historic centre of Cologne. He supervised the exhibition "Antonio Stradivari – Myth and Music" in Cologne in 2010 as a guest curator of the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Foundation Corboud. This exhibition was unfortunately postponed due to culture budget cuts by the city of Cologne.

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